The preference for male children transcend many societies and cultures thus making it an issue of local and global dimensions. But this is not a new phenomenon, the history says so.
Its contemporary expressions illustrate the gendered outcomes of social power relations as they mingle and intersect with culture, economy and technologies.
‘Son Preference’ by Navtej K Purewal brings together key debates on this subject by assessing existing work in the field and providing new insights by drawing on primary research.
The book has a wider scope as it covers a broad range of social science discussions and draws upon textual and ethnographic material from India.
‘Son Preference’ will be useful anyone interested in the issues surrounding gender inequity, sex selection and skewed sex ratios.